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 Post subject: NFER 11B Q18Posted: Wed Dec 24, 2008 10:47 pm

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Hi All

Need to explain to lad how to work this out.

Sanjay let me finish mints. He'd eaten 5/8 of them.
If 36 mints were left, how many did he eat.

Thanks

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 Post subject: Posted: Wed Dec 24, 2008 10:57 pm

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if he'd eaten 5/8, then 3/8 were left.

As 3/8 = 36, then 1/8 = 12.

If 1/8 =12, then 8/8 (ie 1 whole) equals 12x8=96

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 Post subject: Posted: Wed Dec 24, 2008 11:15 pm

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Thanks - makes perfect sense

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 Post subject: Re: NFER 11B Q18Posted: Sat Dec 27, 2008 2:06 am

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yus786 wrote:
Hi All

Need to explain to lad how to work this out.

Sanjay let me finish mints. He'd eaten 5/8 of them.
If 36 mints were left, how many did he eat.

Thanks

Be careful with the answer though - The answer will be 60 and not 96 as we need to find "how many did he eat"

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 Post subject: Re: NFER 11B Q18Posted: Sat Dec 27, 2008 10:01 pm

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nischals wrote:
Be careful with the answer though - The answer will be 60 and not 96 as we need to find "how many did he eat"

Quite.

They love throwing in questions like these, where they are asking for something other than what the child would expect. Throws a lot of kids who would naturally put down 96. This type of question is one to watch out for, as it is a common trick of examiners.

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 Post subject: Posted: Sat Dec 27, 2008 11:38 pm

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Good grief!

I'll refrain from answering these in future, then.

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 Post subject: Posted: Sat Dec 27, 2008 11:41 pm

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ian35mm wrote:
Good grief!

I'll refrain from answering these in future, then.

THANKS

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 Post subject: Posted: Sun Dec 28, 2008 11:10 am

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ian35mm wrote:
Good grief!

I'll refrain from answering these in future, then.

I don't think either poster was criticising you Ian - merely adding the one last step that could be overlooked by a child, and making the point that, expecially on a multiple choice answer sheet, both 60 and 96 might appear as possible answers to trip up the unwary.

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 Post subject: Posted: Wed Dec 31, 2008 9:49 pm

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Perhaps, but in future I'll let the experts answer these questions.

After all, what would I know?

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